9781552091722

Forest Cats of North America

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  • ISBN13:

    9781552091722

  • ISBN10:

    1552091724

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-02-05
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
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Summary

Superb pictorial of big cats.Big cats are efficient predators that once roamed from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico. Today, they are confined to scattered, remote habitats.Forest Cats of North America is an intensive look at panthers, cougars, lynxes and bobcats, describing each species in detail. Range maps identify where the cats live and fact files feature scientific and common names, number of subspecies, physical traits, diet, life span and more. Spectacular color photographs capture these cats as they stalk, hunt and raise their young.The fascinating evolution of big cats is covered including the differences between North American and African cats and how the cougar may well be the ancestor of the cheetah.Forest Cats of North America is a lively, informative introduction to the continent's most elusive predators.

Author Biography

Jerry Kobalenko has logged 4,000 miles on foot over the course of twenty-five wildlife expeditions. His writing and photography appear around the world in such publications as Outside, National Geographic, Adventure and Cond+ Nast Traveler. He lives in Banff, Alberta.

Wildlife photographers Thomas Kitchin and Victoria Hurst live in Nova Scotia. Their work has appeared in nature, news and general-interest publications including Field and Stream, National Wildlife, Newsweek, Reader's Digest and Time.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4(4)
Chapter 1: THE LEGEND, THE SURVIVOR AND THE INTROVERT
8(30)
The Legend: The Cougar
8(4)
Cougar Science
12(5)
The Kitten and the Killer
17(5)
The Survivor: The Bobcat
22(1)
Forever Rivals
22(4)
Facts and Fantasies
26(4)
The Introvert: The Lynx
30(8)
Chapter 2: BONES OF CONTENTION
38(10)
The Two "C's"
41(2)
The Chicken or the Egg?
43(5)
Chapter 3: ON THE PROWL
48(20)
Feast or Famine
50(1)
A Dangerous Profession
50(2)
The Predator-in-Chief
52(2)
Misunderstandings
54(2)
The Lynx and the Hare: A Classic Cycle Revisited
56(3)
Snapping the Cycle
59(3)
The Cycling Bobcat?
62(1)
Two Kills Witnessed
63(5)
Chapter 4: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
68(12)
Chapter 5: MAN AND CAT
80(12)
First Contact
80(3)
The Furred Demon
83(1)
The Crime of Crimes
84(5)
Grand Attack Central
89(3)
Chapter 6: TWO MODERN CAT TALES
92(18)
Florida Panther: The Glamour Puss
92(2)
The Old Florida
94(2)
Clones
96(3)
Eastern Cougar: A UFO With Paws
99(1)
The Case Against
100(3)
The Case For
103(7)
Chapter 7: FELINE FUTURES
110(8)
Acknowledgments 118(2)
Sources 120(5)
Index 125

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